Microbial Ecology and Geobiology Courses
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Lecture Course for 1st Semester BSc students
     at the Earth Science Department, ETH Zürich
  The course is offered annually in the Fall Semester to students immatriculated at ETHZ. It discusses Earth's biological history as it can be reconstructed from geochemical traces and morphological fossils preserved in rocks, sediments and soils and from genomes as records of an organism's legacy. Didactically, it follows modern evolutionary and ecological approaches by asking where organisms, mostly microorganisms, live, why they live where they are, how they can tolerate variable and, at places, extreme conditions, how they interact in communities and with geochemical cycles and how they can respond metabolically to short term local and long term global changes. Geobiological insights are applied towards solving environmental problems and to defining strategies for the search for life on other planets.  
        Alpine Geobiology & Biogeochemistry
Field- and laboratory-based Courses in the
      Southeastern Swiss Alps
  During semester break in the fall (August - September). Suitable for students interested in learning about high mountain microbial ecosystems, biogeochemical nutrient flow in oligotrophic environments, ecosystem evolution in glacier retreat habitats and about organic geochemistry of sediments and in soil formation.
For participants from the associated universitites and guest students from other universities. Contact Kurt Hanselmann, if your university is not yet a partner of the Alpine Geobiology Program, but you would like to participate in one of the courses. If you aim to get credit, please make sure that your home university accepts the course as partial fulfillment for your degree requirements.
        Geomicrobiology & Biogeochemistry
Lecture and Lab Course
      ETH Zürich
  Offered every Spring Semester, middle of February to end of May. For students immatriculated at ETH and UZH and interested in studying interactions between microorganisms and between microbes and rocks. How microbes "make" minerals and how they can make a living with dissolved rock components. How geo(micro)biological concepts are applied to Geo-Engineering and to Astrobiology.  
        Microbial & Geochemical Oceanography
Research Discovery Camp on land and at sea
      South Atlantic. Internet Site
        Microbial & Geochemical Oceanography
Research Discovery Camp OLAT Course Site
  Lectures, Lab & Field Course of the Graduate Research Network at the Marine Station of the University of Namibia in Henties Bay and at the National Marine Research and Information Center, Namibia, and at sea. 4 weeks annually (2014 - 2021) between March and June, depending on cruise schedule. For students interested in participating in interdisciplinary projects on geochemical processes and marine microbial ecology of the Benguela Upwelling Ecosystem, mainly in the roles microorganisms play in nutrient cycling and food web processes.
Accessible worldwide for students and established investigstors who maintain active marine research projects related to course topics. See flyer
        Ecology and Diversity
      of marine Microorganisms
Research Course - South Pacific
  Lectures, Lab & Field Course at the Marine Station of the University of Concepción in Dichato, Chile. Every 2nd year for 3 to 4 weeks in January. For students interested in project work on microbial oceanography of the Humboldt Current Ecosystem, in applying geochemical analyses and molecular techniques to microbial ecology and ecosystem functioning and performing experiments with phyto- and bacterioplankton.
Accessible worldwide.
        Biogeosciences, Geology and Ore Deposits
      Field Trip to Namibia offered by the
      Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zürich.
  For MSc Students enrolled at the D-ERDW who are interested in exposing themselves in an interdisciplinary approach to topics of Earth history. Namibia offers a great wealth of geologically, biogeochemically and oceanographically unique features that span a large period of Earth's history. They reach from ancient cratons to thrust tectonics and snowball Earth phenomena, from intrusion-type rocks to mining of ore deposits, from stromatolites to modern biogeochemical processes along the coast of Southwest Africa which are driven by the cold Benguela Current.  
        Microbial Diversity
      Methodology and Discovery Course
      Woods Hole, Cape Cod, USA
  Lectures & Lab Course for graduate students. Annually for 7 to 8 weeks in July - August at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA, USA. For students interested in learning how to enrich and isolate phototrophic and chemotrophic bacteria, archaea and eukarya, charaterizing them genotypically and phenotypically, studying their physiology and energetics and their interactions in symbiotic relationships and elucidating their diversity and distribution in natural ecosystems.
Accessible worldwide.